Today on the Dish, Andrew liveblogged Romney's triumphs in Michigan and Arizona, wondered if Romney had already lost the war, slammed Santorum's class warfare, connected his version of Catholicism to extreme Christianism, and remembered what a formidable orator Obama was. We kept you up-to-date on the Michigan polling (here, here, and here), broke down the state's Republicans, looked at the Democratic effort to muck up the primary, previewed Romney's clear victory in Arizona, predicted a "long slog" for Mitt, pinpointed his gaffe blindspot – wealth, checked out the Christianist gap between the Mormon and the Catholic, and continued to speculate about a Romney/Paul alliance. Obama won Citizens United and 2012 continued to be a rearguard action for the GOP. Ad War Updates here and here.
Andrew lambasted Obama's Simpson-Bowles calculation (follow-up here) and meditated on the shifting American family and the possibility of a bottom-up social conservatism. He also spotlighted an email from the Palin docu-dump, posted a bit of her dada poetry, and recalled the history of sane conservatism's exile from the Republican party. Putin's engineered reelection looked set to create a political crisis (already having generated a Creepy Ad), cyberwarfare wasn't a certainty, and WikiLeaks' latest steal was a snore. Colonialism created AIDS, vaccination mattered, and humanity appeared to be improving. Brevity potentially explained Pinterest's success, a spam bot made everyone bust out laughing, and Bully's R rating remained contentious. AAA here, Yglesias Nominee here, VFYW Contest Winner here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.
Finally, the stats on our Twitter feed and Facebook page revealed great success, with a VFYW tumblr soon to come. Go check them out!
(Photo: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a primary night gathering at the Suburban Collections Showplace on February 28, 2012 in Novi, Michigan. Romney celebrated primary victories in Arizona and Michigan. By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.)